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I think it’s perfectly acceptable to have toasted sandwiches for dinner, especially when you have had a nutritious dinner the night before and eaten reasonably healthy through the day.  Toasted sandwiches are perfect for those nights that you really can’t be bothered with dinner, a great easy dinner idea that I am sure your family will enjoy too. This […]

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  • Cheese toasties in the frying pan are the BEST!! I’m so glad it’s not just me that does it that way!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Yumm Kat. They look amazing. Guess what were having for dinner tonight :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      hope you enjoyed it, so cheesy and very delicious!ReplyCancel

This tomato bruschetta mix on top of oven baked chicken is a deliciously fresh combination. An easy meat and 3 vegetable dinner.

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  • Cheryl

    this looks delicious I’m going to make it tonight as I have quite a few tomatoes I need using. Kat I love all your recipes they are easy and practical thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Cheryl, this is quick and easy I hope you enjoy it !ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Hi Kat. Sounds like a yummy and refreshing dinner. I experimented with a similar chicken recipe recently. I called mine Greek Chicken – it was basically chicken thighs marinated in lemon and oregano, pan fried then over the top – some chopped cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, goats cheese and drizzled with olive oil(plus salt and pepper of course!)ReplyCancel

  • This looks delicious! I’m a big fan of bruschetta so this will be yum! I also love using my oven. Warms up the house in winter and it’s easy to walk away and get other stuff done :)ReplyCancel

Chicken Enchiladas are one of our family favourite Friday night dinners, I think I say this all the time when I share a mexican recipe, but we truly do love anything and everything mexican in our household.  I love that this recipe is so quick and easy to prepare, with the option to poach your own […]

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  • Yum! I can see myself making this and keeping portions of it for other nights! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Absolutely Lorraine.:) They are super delicious and freeze really well too. Though ours don’t make it to the freezer that often LOL, they make a great next day snack.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kym

    I made these and they were so good! First time and I was a bit concerned but the husband loved them. I was quite proud of myself too :)ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Great job, Kym! They are so yummy aren’t they? And i’m pleased hubby enjoyed them too. A popular Friday night dinner in our house.:)ReplyCancel

My mum used to make Tuna Mornay for us all the time as children.  I remember when she began to make this for us, it wasn’t long after she purchased her first microwave oven.  She went and had lessons at the local TAFE on how to use it and came home with a folder full of […]

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  • Leanne McLaren

    I’m a busy busy mum with 3 children and a business from home !!
    I’m a organic hairdresser my be the first I think in Australia I THINK ….??
    I have been cleaning 4 draws a day now for a while
    I have most of my clients doing it too . Try one day it’s unreal what u find love Annie fringe benefits organicsReplyCancel

  • Milly

    My mum always made tuna moray with crushed smith’s chips on top. It was a favourite in our house. Yummo!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is so good isn’t it, Milly!.:) We have always had potato chips on ours.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I make the same recipe, but I serve it with crushed plain chips on top. My kids and hubby love the salty taste of it! Yummy frugal mealReplyCancel

  • Tuna Mornay is my favourite!! The only problem is my hubby doesn’t like tuna so i usually only have it when he’s away! Yum. Thanks for another perfect recipe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh no! Hubby doesn’t realise what his missing out on, Lucy LOL.:) But at least when you do get to make it there is more for you! xReplyCancel

I have made Chow Mein for my family for years.  The kids loved it as toddlers and I found it was a great way to add some vegetables into their meals, with mince which all kids love and a fun element of wiggley noodles.  Now they are getting older I add in more curry for […]

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  • I love chow mein! This looks quick, easy and yummy perfect for a midweek dinner and I love the idea of making a double batch and using leftovers for lunchboxes! Genius!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Awe thanks Sammie! It is so good for lunch the next day on toast LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • One of my husbands favourite recipes is chow mein, butI’m not that great at making it. I’m going to try your recipe next time – I know it will be a winner!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Lucy! I find it’s a great go to dinner and great for those busy nights when the kids have after school sports. Hope your hubby likes it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Yum. I made a similar thing with chicken recently and the kids loved it. I’ll give this beef recipe a go next. How do your kids go with eating it cold the next day? My boys will only have things such as pesto pasta with chicken cold for school lunch but I’d love to try some more leftovers like this.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i like the sound of chicken too! I might give that i go.:) It is really yummy cold, the kids like it cold too.:)ReplyCancel

  • This looks really delicious! and the pictures are amazing very tasty beef chow mein with noodles .ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you! It is a very tasty meal and so good the next day for leftovers too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Great idea to help get more vegetables in the kids’ meals Kat! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Lorraine.:) I try to throw as many vegetables in as i can xReplyCancel

  • Yum yum yum I cooked this tonight and it was a huge hit with the whole family! Even my 2 little fussy eaters.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that is wonderful, Amber! And even better your little one enjoyed it too.:) xReplyCancel

I LOVE Mexican with quesadillas being one of my favourite dishes. So easy to make, a great weeknight family meal.

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  • Saam

    Hi Katrina,
    you need to recheck the recipe – the cumin isn’t mentioned in the method and the onion isn’t listed in the ingredients. Oops!ReplyCancel

    • Saam

      My bad, the onion is mentioned, although I think you need to move ‘chopped into wedges’ up next to it instead of the grated cheese.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Your a star Saam thank you for picking that up, all fixed :)ReplyCancel

  • These look delish!! Another one to add to my collection for Sunday night meals!! PerfectReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it’s a great recipe to have in the collection, hope you all love it too!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are the perfect Sunday night dinner! A real favourite in our house.:)ReplyCancel

  • We absolutely love quesadillas! They’re always so good for a quick, tasty meal :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh Lorraine they are so super yummy and a big hit in our house!.:)ReplyCancel

  • We love having them for breakfast with some bacon, grated cheese, shallots and parsley. Perfect any time meal I say :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yum, sounds delicious Briohny!ReplyCancel

I LOVE curried sausages, would have to be one of my favourite meals.  With the kids busy after school commitments of late I have been trying to create recipes that I can quickly prepare and then spend time helping them with homework.  This recipe is great, all you have to do is brown the sausages, mix […]

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  • Was just thinking how I haven’t had curried sausos in a while! YUM xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s a regular occurrence in our household!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Kat! Yum! My husband just saw this recipe over my shoulder and asked when I was making it. It looks delicious (and has solved the problem of what to have for dinner tonight!).ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hope your family enjoyed it Lucy, very easy to make!ReplyCancel

  • I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who gets caught on the phone when cooking! My boys are HUGE sausage fans and would love this!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is sol yummy and very easy for those busy afternoons. Hope your boys enjoy it.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sheridan

    My kids love curried sausages, will definitely have to try this recipe. thanks Katrina -xx-ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My kiddies love them too, very popular in our house! Hope you and your family enjoy them too.:)ReplyCancel

This is a really easy and quick salad to prepare and a great way to use up left over Christmas Ham or Turkey along with some salad items you may have in your fridge. My salad above was inspired by a traditional cobb salad which uses: lettuce chicken bacon egg avocado cherry tomatoes cheese Using this idea […]

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Ooh we so love Mexican in this household.  The girls and I like most dishes as I make them, but the boys (so macho) like to add in extra dashes of chilli sauce or jalapenos.   We often have chicken rolls for lunch on the weekends, but this took the traditional chicken and mayo roll […]

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  • Michelle Compton

    This recipe sounds so delicious but I have a question. What is capsicum? I’ve never heard of it. I live in America, in Washington State. Does it just go by another name here? Thank you for you wonderdul recipes!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Michelle, I think you call them red peppers. Funny how we have the same things but they are named differently.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Compton

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • caitlyn

    Just made this for lunch and my 14 month old is loving it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh that is great, so yummy and healthy.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is so dinner toight.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      So yummy and easy.:)ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago Mr Organised and I visited Byron Bay (far north coast of New South Wales) for a wedding.  While there we visited the Byron Fresh Cafe for lunch. Their menu was full of healthy organic options and it was so hard to choose just one item for lunch. Their Quinoa and Zucchini hotcakes […]

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  • Alison

    These would probably be even better if you could work out how to eliminate the breadcrumbs. If you put breadcrumbs in you may as well have eaten a sandwich – certainly most people looking for a healthier way of life are trying to eliminate bread. Did you try without them? Not sticky enough?ReplyCancel

    • Debbie

      maybe you could try rolled oats instead of bread crumbsReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        That is a great idea Debbie, they would taste so good too!ReplyCancel

    • Chanel

      I used Lifestyle bakery gluten free breadcrumbs. They turned out great, but the middle looked a little undercooked so I then put them in the oven.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea Chanel, thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      No I didn’t, but that’s a great idea for those trying to eliminate bread from their diet.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalee

    I made these last night, they were great, whole family ate them, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yay so glad, we loved them so much too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    they are a winner!
    was my first time at quinoa – so that was interesting for me too.. have always loved anything with quinoa in it but hadn’t attempted it myself. your easy to follow instructions for both cooking quinoa and then the fritter – piece of cake! (or should I say fritter?!)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Kat's Assistant

    Ooh yay!! So glad they worked for you and you enjoyed them. So delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    Can these be frozen? With kids and work I’m looking at more meals which can be frozen.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sure Mel i can’t see why they couldn’t be frozen, worth a try.ReplyCancel

  • I was so impressed by this recipe, I’ve re-shared it over on my blog! Admittedly, I had to substitute the zucchini for broccoli and carrot (I ran out of zucchini!) but the quinoa was so nice to cook with! Will definitely be making these again!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful! It is super yummy, i real favourite of mine at the moment.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Western Star My kids love to cook and have been doing so for many years.  Letting them help in the kitchen is teaching them life lessons and skills from measuring and learning fractions to how to cook particular foods.  My youngest Miss 9 enjoys cooking pasta dishes, I stand by helping […]

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  • Nancy

    your daughter is gorgeous. I love seeing them in the kitchen and sewing your teaching them such great life lessons.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nancy, she is a cutie. All my kids love cooking and I love spending time with them in the kitchen, especially teaching them new techniques, great life lessons for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    must try this, haven’t made Mac and Cheese in so long. Love the idea of a little bit of bacon with itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s delicious Simone, hope your family enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    For those who prefer not to eat meat, spinach, onion & mushroom is a great mix to replace the bacon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, love the sound of adding onion!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Brewer

    Looking forward to declutteringReplyCancel

Friday night dinners in our home typically mean something fun like Pizza, Mexican, Pasta however it’s usually no side servings of vegetables, but that doesn’t mean no veg!!  On this night I made a double batch of homemade beef sausage rolls.  I’ll freeze some to have on hand for lunch boxes, I can easily pop them in […]

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  • Amy

    These were a bit fiddlier than I expected (I accidentally whizzed my veggies to mush in the Thermomix!), but once they were cooked- delicious! My kids can’t stop devouring them, and I’ve got heaps in the freezer for my next ‘I can’t be bothered’ easy night. Great recipe! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Also, I’ve just realised- the recipe says to add two eggs into the bowl, but your photo above has four?ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Hi Amy, they are very yummy i agree! Yes it is 4 eggs, i just had a quick look on the recipe to double check so for any confusion.ReplyCancel

        • Jennifer

          Step 5 refers to 2 eggs and then step 6 refers to whisk the eggs. Assume step 5 shouldn’t include the eggs? I love this recipe and always have some rolls frozen as a back up plan :)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Could I use 1kg of beef mince instead of using sausage meat?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Samantha, Yes i can’t see why you couldn’t. Let me know how they turn out.:)ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    I’ve made these twice now… Very popular with the family. The second batch had a lot of liquid while they were cooking but I rescued them by cooking them for a bit on a wire rack to dry the bottom. All good still gobbled up.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so yummy, very popular with our family too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    Thank you Katrina, I finally made these using 1kg mince instead of mix with sausage mix and they were so delicious! They will differently be on my favourites listReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic! Yes they are also a huge hit in our family too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Misty

    These look great! I’ve been searching for freezer friendly food for lunchboxes this year as my oldest starts school! Trying to plan ahead to keep her lunchbox interesting AND healthy. These will be great to mix things up every now and then :)
    So just clarifying… Can these be cooked from frozen or do I defrost before popping them in the oven? Thanks heaps!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Misty, i like to cook them before freezing them. Then when you are ready for them you just have to defrost.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah

    I dont always have sliced bread on hand but I do have a supply of homemade breadcrumbs I keep. What would the weight equivalent be that is needed? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • kerrie

    I just need clarification on 2 things please .

    1. How many eggs is it. 2 or 4.

    2. Are they cooked before freezing or not.

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Kerrie, It is 4 egss ( sorry i know the picture shows 2 ) and yes i cook them before freezing.:)ReplyCancel

  • kerrie

    Thank you Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    Thankyou for another great recipe. When you say you put these in your childrens lunch box, Do you put them in a thermos – hot? Or do your children eat them cold?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Angela, My kids take them cold, they are just as nice.:)ReplyCancel

I must admit I always lean towards beef and chicken rather than lamb or pork for our main meals.  However, I am trying to add more variety into our meals and after enjoying the lamb & sesame rissoles I’ve been searching for more great lamb recipes.  I found this Lamb & Feta meatball recipe in the new Vegie […]

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  • Keri

    I think it’s a bit cheeky of you to post a recipe on your site that I can’t get unless I buy a book on another site – NOT cool!ReplyCancel

    • Ellie

      I felt a bit tricked too! Looks delicious though :)ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Ooh it was never to be a trick Ellie, for copyright I can’t share her recipe, I need to give Wendy from Vegie Smugglers full credit as this is her recipe she created, if it was online I could of easily shared a link back to the recipe, but’s it from her new cookbook. Sometimes it good to learn about recipes from cookbooks you may not know existed and to learn if they are family friendly and easy to cook. Some books especially those online you can’t see inside and have a good flick through.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I understand Keri, I am sorry you feel this way. For copyright I can’t share her recipe, I need to give Wendy from Vegie Smugglers full credit as this is her recipe she created, if it was online I could of easily shared a link back to the recipe, but’s it from her new cookbook. Sometimes it good to learn about recipes from cookbooks you may not know existed and to learn if they are family friendly and easy to cook. Some books especially those online you can’t see inside and have a good flick through.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    This recipe looks delicious and I too was disappointed that you couldn’t five details. But I understand. If you google the title, it will lead you to a 2010 Veggie Smugglers website article – voila, recipe found and no copyright infringement!!!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you, i didn’t realise it was in there i have added a link now.ReplyCancel